No more Amazon Associates program in California. The company has pulled it in response to a new online sales tax in the state. Myspace is sold. $35 million was the going price and now…Justin Timberlake is involved. The White House is going to hold its first Town Hall meeting via Twitter. Nokia has closed its US and UK online stores.
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Today, UCL is inviting you to get involved by suggesting types of recordings you’d like to see them produce and share via SoundCloud:
What subjects would you most interested in? Maybe arts, science or economics? Prefer lectures or five-minute clips? Share your ideas and thoughts with UCL and post a comment after clicking the link below:
SoundCloud Voices is a weekly Community feature focusing on new spoken word creators found on SoundCloud. It might be a podcast, radio show, audio book, interview, audio messages, a poem, anything! Keep an eye out every Thursday for a new post.
The spoken word theme this week is one of a comical nature! There are more and more funny people signing up for SoundCloud of late, here’s a selection.
First up is Richard Herring, who has been in the comedy and podcasting game for many a year. He has started using the SoundCloud iPhone app to record his daily blog, which he has been writing since 2002. So now there’s no need to read it! Seriously tho, his blog can be found here
Next up is author Danny Wallace, who has written the likes of Yes Man, Join Me and Friends Like These. He’s been recording bits of audio using the iPhone app and also uploading snippets from his latest book Awkward Situations for Men. Here’s the latest chapter.
And finally, one more UK comedian and another podcaster (The Gentleman’s Review) is Mr Martin Wolfenden, who also has been using SoundCloud of late to record random ramblings, chat and other types of spoken word related goodness.
There you have it ladies and gents, another week of voices on SoundCloud. We want to hear more comedy!
If you are interested in trying out SoundCloud as a spoken word podcast platform we are currently running a beta program which you can sign up for via this form. Successful candidates will be emailed with further details.
To my most beloved website:
Is there a way to hide the play count on our main SC page? I know how to hide it on the embeddable player, but I was wondering if it's possible to do it on the main site.
Thanks a bunch! I love you!
Yes, you can hide stats with our Premium plans starting with the Solo account upwards:
I don’t have a photo to describe this sound, because quite frankly I’ve never been able to see exactly where it’s coming from (except for one time…but I think I got lucky)! It just appears every once in a while around University of Toronto (usually in the summer, but one time I heard it in February and was totally freaked out), and totally changes my walk home. If you can find me a trippier busker, I’d love to hear it.
So, happy Wednesday! Here is a sound you can totally space out to. What instrument is this even?! Anyone?
Maybe I should start a busker series? They seem to be a neighbourhood staple, and I’m sure there are hundreds of different ones around the city (there are a bajillion in the Annex). And BuskerFest happens every year, too! Can I get a yay/nay?! I’d definitely love to hear what buskers frequent your neighbourhood/you found on an adventure.
Mozart [un]RAPPED has finally launched! Partnered with with Shure, RJDJ, us here at Soundcloud and the Aurora Orchestra, it’s aim is to celebrate musical convergence and culture where live recordings of the Aurora Orchestra playing Mozart are chopped, looped and replayed to sound like contemporary genres.
We are looking for the most talented mash-uppers out there. Enter the freestyling competition by getting the RJDJ app on your iPhone/Android mobile or use the purpose built online widget to leave your mark on Mozart!
This unique project not only wants to promote musical experimentation with different styles, but also wants to mix different audiences through alternative methods. By using mobile and web platforms from RJDJ and Soundcloud, the highest levels of creativity are encouraged which in turn will showcase the condition of a changingyouth through the medium of music conception.
Watch the video above before heading here to check out the contest.
Just a quick heads up for the DJ/Producer community on a Tuesday afternoon – Global Gathering, the international dance music festival, has teamed up with Pioneer and DV247 to run a competition, hosted by ourselves!
Entry is simple, any and all producers can upload their original productions to the relevant Global Gathering PodCast Competition page to be in with the chance of having their track selected (by Global Gathering Facebook fans) for one of three live podcasts direct from the event itself in July! Once Global Gathering is over, the three tracks will be judged by a panel of industry experts, and the best one will receive a whole heap of exciting prizes which you can check out here.
Carl Cox and Safehouse Management have announced the stellar line-up for Carl’s 10th anniversary celebration of the Carl Cox Revolution at Space Ibiza where Rotterdam’s own Michel de Hey will perform at the Opening Party alongside Carl Cox who will do a 10 hour marathon set! Alongside this, Hey is giving you the chance to remix his track ‘Curly Wurly’ to be in with a chance of winning a release on his own label HEY!, a years SoundCloud Pro account and a 3 months Headliner.fm Pro Account!
Click here for more information on the contest and to get your entry in!
Simply download the stems from the contest page and then drop your finished mix into the SoundCloud Dropbo. All mixed will then posted to the Dutch Uncles social media sites for fans to listen to and provide feedback on. The band will make the final decision on the winner but they will also take fan feedback and number of plays into consideration.
Prizes consist of a guestlist pass for a festival of your choice that the band are playing at over the summer, a Dutch Uncles goodie pack and more!
Remix the track ‘Take Your Hand' by Voice Hands Machine to have your creation released on the Voice Hands Machine Remixes EP, alongside with dj Kodh, Tommy Kid, Z Reach (the Cheerz), have access to worldwide digital distribution and promotion, on ITunes, Beatport and digital download sites and also have your remix added into a weekly podcast during the summer!
Are you guys at all affiliated with other music sharing sites such as Beatport? Also, just because the names are sort of similar: are you guys and grooveshark at all affiliated? Sorry for all these business questions, just curious.
Brb, just checking on the similarity between a shark and a cloud…
So, I guess along the same vein as today’s Found Sounds on SoundCloud, here is a recording of the waves lapping against the barrier just past the bike path on Lakeshore Blvd W, just before Exhibition Place. I took this at the beginning of my epic bike ride this past Saturday. I also took this picture of a duck family at the same place!
Cute, huh?! I think today’s sound is very peaceful (well, as peaceful as the concrete barrier on the Lakeshore can be…) So I hope you enjoy it, and take your moment of Zen. And be sure to check out the Found Sounds for more (better) wave recordings.
I hope you all have a good night! I’m off to cook a chicken…
SoundCloud Spotted: Glastonbury, BandRx, Gomez, Buddy Holly, Man Without Country, Erased Tapes and more!
SoundCloud Spotted is new weekly roundup of the most interesting uses of SoundCloud out on the interwebz. Here you can find all you’ll ever need to know about super cool apps, SoundCloud exclusives and new and exciting SoundClouders!
First things first…
SoundCloud took a trip this weekend, to a little festival you may have heard of… Glastonbury!
We worked with The Cowshed Studio and Greenpeace at the festival to pull together a heap of fantastic audio from the pop up studio and the bands/performers who stopped by! The pop up Cowshed Studio offered folks a place to go and record protest songs relating to environmental and economic issues happening in the world right now.
They even took full advantage of our new Tumblr Integration by creating an audio post featuring Glastonbury boss Michael Eavis singing Happy Birthday to Greenpeace! Check it out!
Another feature that popped up at Glastonbury was audio tweeting from the bands and performers who stopped by the studio, this was done instantaneously as the bands left the studio and you can listen to all their audio tweets in the player below!
Now, we know you’re all clued up on Rootmusic's Bandpage and Fanbridge's Damn The Radio, both create great Facebook tabs for you to showcase your audio, video and more on. We'd also like to introduce you to another gem if you haven't seen it already, BandRx. In a similar way to Bandpage and Damn The Radio, BandRx creates a “Music” tab on your Facebook Page and gives your fans the ability to play your audio and videos, view upcoming tour dates, check out your band’s merch, check in on your Twitter and much more. The great thing about BandRx is that the audio you pull in from SoundCloud actually displays a nice little SoundCloud logo when anyone plays a track! Check out this great looking example from Paramore.
Fantastic use of the Premiere App this week coming from the one, the only Gomez! Not only does the App LOOK great, but band member Tom Gray has recorded short audio introductions to each track, and they’ve also integrated their tour dates into the App! Check it out!
The next example comes from Auckland’s own Pajama Club who have integrated the player into the top of their website! Great work guys!
Two more features for your eyes and ears this week…
We’d just like to draw your attention to the amazing arrangement of 12 separate artwork players that Erased Tapes have embedded into their website for the new Rival Consoles release ‘Kid Velo’. Each artwork is individual but together they form a fantastic looking display of audio!
Last but not least, Concord Music Group are releasing Rave On Buddy Holly this week, an album-length compilation of Buddy Holly cover songs sung by the likes of Cee Lo Green, Fiona Apple, Lou Reed, and Paul McCartney. Before you pre-order this wonderful piece of history, you can listen to the whole thing below!
Sounds from Tommy Thompson Park - Saturday June 25, 4 pm
Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend out and about. I certainly did - I had an epic bike ride all across the city. It was super fun, but my legs still haven’t forgiven me. I think the best part was stumbling upon areas of the city that I had never seen before - the words, “I didn’t even know this existed!” definitely came out of my mouth at least 3 times.
This is where I biked:
It took 4 hours, and it was the best. I have a couple of sounds to share, but I’ll start today with Tommy Thompson Park. The recording is a bit windy, but you can get a good idea of what we were experiencing based on all the birds (click here for more sounds)! Tommy Thompson Park is one of the most unique places I’ve ever been. Nestled in the Portlands, the park features wildflower meadows, cottonwood forests, coastal marshes, cobble beaches, and sand dunes! It’s also an unofficial bird sanctuary! So many different birds everywhere. I can’t recommend the park enough! It also had a very convenient bike path that went through the centre of the park, but I heard there is an off-road path that allows you to experience the park in secret, without the crowds. It’s only open to the public on weekends and holidays, too! A great little day trip.
I can’t tell what types of birds we heard, but if anyone is an expert in ornithology, I’d love to know what company we were in!
Stay tuned for more great Toronto sounds coming up this week - and if you have any to share I’d love to hear them (pretty, pretty please).
Remember video games like Duck Hunt, Sonic and Double Dragon??? RAC have taken their memorable theme songs and transformed them into wicked tracks for an EP entitled Nintendo vs Sega 2. Oh ya and they are giving them away for free (WOO WOO) on their SoundCloud page. Check it! Nerds Unite!
Listen to » Mario Kart 64 - Koopa Troopa Beach (RAC Mix) above and the rest via SoundCloud
Boston’s resident dream folkster Marissa Nadler has had quite the full schedule this past year or so. Along with recording and releasing her very good self-titled album, she also collaborated with guitarist Kevin Serra on his Cloud Seeding singles project. According to a release, the Brooklyn resident came up with the idea as a way to showcase his favorite vocalists, with Nadler being the first.
Every Friday we are going to share a new tip that you may not have already known about how to use SoundCloud and in turn we hope this will improve your experience.
Did you know the recording functionality on SoundCloud allows you to easily record any type of audio and directly upload it to your account. Great for voice memos, messages to your fans or for capturing sound bites. You can learn more about how to use this feature here!
We are currently experiencing a torrential downpour in Toronto. Lovely. So, allow me to take us back to Sunday when it was sunny outside, and the Taste of Little Italy festival was in full swing on College St. W.
As per usual, the street festival was bustling and every corner had a street performer - a little jazz, some beats, some sort of pop-like stuff that people were having a great time dancing to but I didn’t understand…it was all there. There was also this guy you can hear in my recording. The world’s 2nd cheesiest street performer, in my opinion. Don’t believe me? Click here for more! I had a great time watching the old ladies dancing to his soulful serenade…and then I bought myself some churros and went down to Queen St.
Only in a truly multicultural city can you find Spanish desserts at an Italian street festival! To be fair to all the other tasty foods that I noticed, there was an array of spring rolls, roti, roasted corn (a street festival staple), pierogies, and of course, delicious gelato. Yum yum!